Mark Craig has been on the percussion faculty at Towson University since 2006 where he teaches applied percussion lessons as well as percussion methods courses.
He graduated with honors from Towson University earning his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and earned his Master of Music in Performance Degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. He is currently pursuing his DMA from the University of Cincinnati, College Conservatory of Music.
Craig has studied under some of today’s most outstanding percussionists including Allen Otte, Russell Burge, James Culley, Gerald Carlyss, and Dale Rauschenberg.
He has performed as percussionist, principal percussionist, and principal timpanist with the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, Columbus Philharmonic, Camerata Symphony, Northern Kentucky Symphony, and Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Craig has also performed under the direction of many of music’s finest conductors such as Gerard Schwarz, Frederick Fennell, William McGlaughlin, John Morris Russell, Luis Biava, Rico Saccani, David Loebel, and Robert Bernhardt. He was a founding member of the Resonancé Percussion Group and is the timpanist for the Blue Ridge Brass Quintet. Craig has also performed for the PBS ARTS television series. He was the winner of the Towson University Talent Award Competition and performed as a section percussionist and soloist at the Hanover Percussion Festival and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Craig has performed at numerous new and electronic music symposiums that have included the works by John Bergamo, Forrest Pierce, Orianna Webb, and Bruce Hamilton. World premiers include Carl Davis’ 1986 film score to Ben Hur, Devin Maxwell’s SK1, Jindrich Feld’s Centenial Overture, Joel Marsh’s Crimson Century March, Frederick Fox’s Four Times Round, and David Dzubay’s as filaments of memory spin. In 2000, Craig performed as an extra percussionist with the world-renown Percussion Group Cincinnati in the piece Interlude from XI by the internationally celebrated Chinese composer Qu Xiao Song.
As an educator, Craig was a major contributor to the publication of “The Timpani Companion” featured in the October-December 2005 publication of Band World Magazine. He has performed as a recitalist and clinician at public schools and colleges throughout Maryland, Indiana, and Ohio, and served as the percussion instructor for the award-winning Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble.